April Pose of the Month: Mariel Jimenez Chooses Ardha Chandrasana
“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” – Henry David Thoreau
Ardha Chandrasana a.k.a. Half-Moon Pose usually reveals itself from a strong and solid base of a Warrior II and Reverse Warrior flow, as one lunges forward and is propelled into this heart-opening expression that expands in all directions. I love the “leveling up” aspect of this pose—as if one indeed advances ever so confidently to the path of success and living the life they’ve always dreamed. And what better time than spring to aim for bigger, brighter things; more meaningful and unforgettable experiences on AND off the mat?
Get to know Ardha Chandrasana literally from the ground up: Start with a few easy stretches using a strap, mimicking its shape while lying on your back. Once upright in a Warrior sequence, from Extended Side Angle, plant your top arm to the top hip, find a spot to focus on, and then gently press forward, shifting the weight to your front leg. Once you feel steady, slowly reach the arm upward, and flex the back foot to help maintain balance. Looking up is strictly optional. And, don’t forget the block! Prop it slightly off-center so by the time your arms extend, your shoulders have plenty of room to widen as well.
Half Moon Pose progresses to its fierier counterpart, Ardha Chandra Chapasana, where one catches their top foot, creating a bow shape, with the option to place the bottom hand to the heart.
Wherever you are in your practice, do try this pose against the wall at some point. It feels amazing—having that support to lean back on as you explore and take flight.